§ Annabelle Ewing
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many senior departmental posts were advertised in each year since June 1999; and how many of those were advertised in the Scottish press. 
§ Maria Eagle
Senior posts are defined as those posts that are covered by open competition to the senior civil service.
The Department for Work and Pensions was formed on 8 June 2001 from parts of the former Department of Social Security and parts of the former Department for Education and Employment. The figures prior to 8 June 2001 are in the table and relate to the Department of Social Security only.
Number of posts externally advertised June 1999 to March 2000 3 April 2000 to March 2001 7 April 2001 to March 2002 11 April 2002 to March 2003 29 April 2003 to June 2003 5
None of the adverts were placed in specific Scottish newspapers as the circulation of the national press includes Scotland.